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Coptic Orthodox Church
Wrath of God
How do Copts understand this passage said in the coptic rite?
"Take away Your anger from us, visit us with Your salvation, and forgive us our sins."
Like we pray in the prayer after communion. “Make my will one with Your will” We are not asking that God stop having an emotional anger tantrum towards us and calm down. We are asking that, instead of being against His will, we turn to Him and Him to us. As James 4:8 says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Bola, why are you asking this question? You are a scholar! You could answer such a question 10, 000 times better than me!
Pray for me!
haha thanks for the answer Stephen. I was wondering how other lay people understood this to see if it is similar to my understanding.
It's acceptable to recognize that God has wrath and anger... as long as that doesn't bring the person to the extreme of thinking that we worship a god of fear, rather than of love.
There are many biblical verses that do say that God has wrath and anger. God's displeasure is considered anger.
edited February 14
Very passionate about this topic so could not keep myself from replying ...
I think the phrase means exactly what it says (as with most phrases in general) ... we are imploring God not to be angry with us and not to punish us for our sins. God will punish sinners for eternity and the only way to avoid this horrible fate is repentance and returning to God, and this prayer is a part of that.
God's wrath is usually not an issue of debate, it is easily founds in many parts of the old and new testaments. I think it is perfectly fine to worship God because of that fear, at least at the beginning. Pope Shenouda talks about this at length in his book
The Fear of God